I moved out of my sister's apartment and into a small house in Oakland,California that's owned by a punk rock vegetarian librarian. At first, only he and I lived here, but a little over a week after my arrival, his girlfriend moved in as well. They both seem like cool, progressive people. The best part, though, is the backyard, where there is plenty of room to garden, plus a fully-grown lemon tree and a baby avocado tree!
|The avocado tree is flowering in the front, lovely lemons in the back.|
|It's hard to tell from this angle that this lemon is round, not the shape you find in stores.|
|She's winking at me!|
I don't know what all my neighbors are growing, but just over the fence by the avocado tree, check out this view.
The most important thing, as always, is the kitchen. The good: it's light and fairly large. The bad: the freezer does not work (I cannot live like that for long), there is no microwave (I can get used to that), and the stove is very old (but so far seems fine).
|Yes, the sign above the stove does say "THERE IS NO GOD."|
From Viva Vegan!, I made the Quinoa-Oyster Mushroom Risotto (recipe is here). I don't have any ají amarillo or ají panca paste but I added some achiote paste and it was delicious. I also sautéed some kale in my favorite way: a few cloves of garlic minced and cooked in oil, then kale, tamari (maybe just under a tablespoon for the 20oz of kale I was cooking), and water as needed for moisture. I just mixed my greens into the Quinoa Risotto, and also threw pinto beans into it. Yum! Plus, I roasted some cauliflower just with olive oil, lemon juice (fresh from the backyard), salt, and pepper.